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Andrew Balducci, of the iconic NYC gourmet food store, dead at 92

Andrew Balducci, of the iconic NYC gourmet food store, dead at 92

| March 31, 2018

Balducci was born in Brooklyn but raised in Italy after his family moved back when he was two months old. He returned to New York with his family in 1939, later serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II and participating in the D-Day invasion. Source: Andrew Balducci, of the iconic NYC gourmet food […]

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Vintage election meddling: Italian-Americans urge relatives to vote against communism in 1948

Vintage election meddling: Italian-Americans urge relatives to vote against communism in 1948

| March 25, 2018

In 1948, the United States worried Italians would vote socialist in the country’s upcoming election. Thousands of Central New York Italian-Americans wrote letters to their native home urging them not to. With the Cold War heating up, both the United States and the Soviet Union sent bags of money to the Italian political party they […]

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Houston Restaurant Legend Tony Vallone Honored For Excellence In Italian Cuisine

Houston Restaurant Legend Tony Vallone Honored For Excellence In Italian Cuisine

| March 20, 2018

It’s not a stretch to call Tony Vallone a Houston restaurant legend. For over 50 years, he’s been the powerhouse behind Tony’s, the swanky Italian restaurant that’s long been a staple for foodies and the see-and-be-seen crowd alike. He also founded Vallone’s steakhouse in the Memorial area and Ciao Bello near the Galleria. He also started La Grigilia and… […]

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Appetites: Italian-American cuisine is back, here’s where to find it

Appetites: Italian-American cuisine is back, here’s where to find it

| March 14, 2018

It’s one of the hottest emerging new cuisines in Minnesota, but many already consider a classic. Italian-American food. Here’s where to find some great restaurants specializing in the cuisine around the Twin Cities. Source: Appetites: Italian-American cuisine is back, here’s where to find it

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Pasta and present: Italian American St. Joseph Society dines first, walks it off in annual parade

Pasta and present: Italian American St. Joseph Society dines first, walks it off in annual parade

| March 9, 2018

“My father comes from the bottom of the boot — he lives for wine, women and mozzarella,” said Greco, whose accent sounds at home in the Bronx or Chalmette. “My mother from Naples cares about the five Fs: family, food, friends, faith forever. That’s what my life revolves around.” Source: Pasta and present: Italian American […]

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SF Supervisor Stefani wants indigenous people, Italian Americans to share day

SF Supervisor Stefani wants indigenous people, Italian Americans to share day

| March 1, 2018

San Francisco stripped the name of Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer, from his commemorative day in October. But that doesn’t mean the city’s Italian Americans should stop holding their annual parade in North Beach, where the floats putter up Columbus Avenue as bystanders wave flags and cheer. On Tuesday, Supervisor Catherine Stefani offered a compromise: […]

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Christopher Columbus statue deserves landmark status, Italian-American group says | am New York

Christopher Columbus statue deserves landmark status, Italian-American group says | am New York

| February 22, 2018

“We don’t want anything to happen to the Christopher Columbus statue,” said Angelo Vivolo, president of the Columbus Heritage Coalition, adding that immigration of Italian-Americans would not have happened if Columbus hadn’t connected the two worlds. “It talks to us about courage, discovery, about all the positive things — the meting pot that Americans believe […]

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Italian-Americans want to make Columbus statue a landmark

Italian-Americans want to make Columbus statue a landmark

| February 19, 2018

A coalition of Italian-American groups are trying to thwart Mayor de Blasio’s bid to alter the Christopher Columbus statue at Columbus Circle by asking a city commission landmark it. Last month, Hizzoner said the statue would soon be joined by historical markers that tell the fuller story of the explorer, warts and all. But that plan doesn’t […]

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The Axeman of New Orleans Preyed on Italian Immigrants

The Axeman of New Orleans Preyed on Italian Immigrants

| February 18, 2018

By August of 1918, the city of New Orleans was paralyzed by fear. In the dead of the night, the Axeman of New Orleans (as he came to be known) broke into a series of Italian groceries, attacking the grocers and their families.  Some he left wounded; four people he left dead. The attacks were […]

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Italian American groups call for renaming of holiday formerly known as Columbus Day

Italian American groups call for renaming of holiday formerly known as Columbus Day

| February 15, 2018

San Francisco Italian American groups launched a referendum campaign Thursday to reclaim the former Columbus Day as “Italian American Heritage Day” following a Board of Supervisors decision last month to rename it as Indigenous Peoples Day. The board voted 10-1 in January in favor of the name change. The national holiday was named in honor […]

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What We Lose When We Take Down Statues of Men Like Columbus

What We Lose When We Take Down Statues of Men Like Columbus

| February 10, 2018

“It’s sad that a man who most Americans once recognized as the seed-planter of their civilization has been so unceremoniously cast aside. There was a time when Columbus was a nearly universally revered figure in the Americas, a man who stood for the bold, entrepreneurial spirit of the New World. Columbus was a hero for […]

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San Jose City Council Votes to Remove Christopher Columbus Statue

San Jose City Council Votes to Remove Christopher Columbus Statue

| February 1, 2018

The San Jose, Calif. City Council voted to remove a statue of explorer Christopher Columbus from the City Hall lobby after hours of contentious debate. “It’s kind of a setback in our culture. Columbus is renown throughout the world, not just in Italy,” said Tony Zerbo with the Italian American Heritage Foundation. “Italian Americans here, […]

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